Life’s Little Instructions

(given by a 95-year-old man by the name William Snell, 1993)

  • Sing in the shower
  • Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated
  • Watch a sunrise at least once a year
  • Never refuse homemade brownies
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection
  • Plant a tree on your birthday
  • Learn 3 clean jokes
  • Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full
  • Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them
  • Leave everything a little better than you found it
  • Keep it simple
  • Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know
  • Be forgiving on yourself and others
  • Say “Thank You” and “Please a lot
  • Avoid Negative People
  • Wear polished shoes
  • Remember other people’s birthday
  • Commit yourself to constant improvement
  • Have a firm handshake
  • Send lots of Valentine cards, and sign them
  • Look people in the eye
  • Be the first to say “hello”
  • Return all things borrowed
  • Make new friends but cherish the old ones
  • Keep secrets
  • Plant flowers every spring
  • Have a dog
  • Always accept an outstretched hand
  • Stop blaming others
  • Take responsibility for every area in your life
  • Wave at kids on school buses
  • Be there when people need you
  • Don’t expect life to be fair
  • Never underestimate the power of love
  • Drink Champagne for no reason at all
  • Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake”
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”
  • Compliment even small improvements
  • Keep your promises no matter what
  • Marry only for love
  • Rekindle old friendships
  • Count your blessings
  • Call your Mom and Dad, if they happen to be alive.




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